Computing and Business
The Faculty of Computing and Business provides expertise in the areas of Computing and Business Studies.
This is the most dynamic and rapidly-developing area of the curriculum and our faculty aims to harness the enthusiasm and curiosity of students in these key areas of study which are so relevant to life in the 21st century.
The Faculty of Computing and Business has embraced recent changes to the National Curriculum including the re-branding of ICT to Computing. Students enjoy lessons and the subjects are always popular choices at Key Stage 4.
The Faculty accommodation comprises 4 purpose-built computer rooms and 2 additional teaching classrooms.
KEY STAGE 3
All students in Years 7, 8 and 9 are timetabled for a one-hour lesson per week in Computing. These lessons cover a wide range of topics in line with the recently published National Curriculum for Computing.
Students in Year 7 study the following topics:
- Rules for Computer Rooms
- Online safety and cyber bullying
- ICT Skills
- Introduction to Drag-and-Drop Programming in Scratch
- Computer Fundamentals: Hardware and Software
- BBC Microbits
Students in Year 8 study the following topics:
- Further Programming in Scratch (including theory)
- Financial Analysis and Family Budgeting with MS Excel
- How Computers Work
- Creative Website Development
- Representation of Data
- Introduction to Python Programming
In Year 9 the Faculty is keen to provide students with some meaningful study and experience of areas of the Key Stage 4 curriculum. This is to assist students in making informed choices for their subject options at Key Stage 4.
Students in Year 9 study the following topics:
- The MultiApp Project including:
- The Marketing Mix
- Business Presentations
- Using Spread sheets for Business
- Viruses: Problems and Solutions
- Business Databases and Marketing
- Office Skills
- Text-based Programming in Python
- Making Text Adventure Games
- “Technostores”: What-if? Analysis
- Creative Animation
- Personal Finance
KEY STAGE 4
The Faculty of Computing and Business provides THREE popular courses at Key Stage 4 to accommodate students.
GCSE Business Studies (OCR)
There are 2 components of the GCSE Business Studies course:
Part One: Business Activity, Marketing and People (50%)
Part Two: Operations, Finance, and Influences on Business (50%)
GCSE Computing (OCR)
There are 3 components of the existing GCSE Computing course:
Part One: Computer Systems (50%)
Part Two: Algorithms, Programming and Computational Thinking (50%)
Part Three: Programming: Non-Exam Assessment (NEA) (Compulsory)
Exam board link:
Cambridge Nationals in Enterprise and Marketing
This course is suitable for students who may wish to progress onto related studies in enterprise, marketing and business.
There are 3 mandatory units:
- Unit R064 : Enterprise and Marketing Concepts
- o This includes identifying target markets; finance; product development; attracting customers, and starting a business
- Unit R065 : Design a Business Proposal
- o This includes research; customer profiling; market research; designing a proposal, and reviewing and adapting the proposal
- Unit R066 : Market and pitch a Business Proposal
- o This includes brand identity; product promotion; planning a pitch; pitching the proposal to an audience, and reviewing the proposal.
USEFUL WEBSITES AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT
http://scratch.mit.edu (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
http://appinventor.mit.edu (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
The Faculty of Computing and Business provides a number of opportunities outside of normal curriculum time. This includes at various times:
- After-school study club for Key Stage 3 and 4 GCSE Computing
- The Student Investor Challenge
- The Youth Enterprise Tenner Challenge
Mr Clampin – [email protected]